Growing Up Girl

Blink and you’ll miss it! What’s that you ask? The last 13 years. I don’t even know where to start this time around. All, I can tell you is that just a short while ago Charlotte was heading off to kindergarten and we were nervous as hell. Then there was this big blur and the next thing you know I’m trying to figure out where and how to store her prom dress and cap & gown now that all the celebrations and events have come and gone. They’re both still hanging on the door in one of the upstairs bedrooms. I feel like as long as they still hang there I’ll still have the little girl who was too tiny to go to kindergarten, not a grown up girl who graduated high school and started her first summer job a little while ago.

We are quite proud of our girl, if you couldn’t already tell that. Her entrance into the world was a rocky and tumultuous one to say the least. At that time we had no idea what the road ahead looked like and often we were afraid to find out. So we lived, we laughed, we cried, we loved just one day at a time; trying to live in the moment.

First Days of School

Click on the short video below!

All the homework, book reports, math tutoring, class projects and half-eaten packed lunches have brought us to this day! However, because of the pandemic there were some restrictions in place surrounding prom and the school leaving ceremony. Thankfully they were able to gather and celebrate with their classmates! Here are a few snaps I took of the momentous occasion.

Thank You Ms. Walsh

A huge shout out to someone very special, Kelly Walsh! She has been Charlotte’s itinerant teacher since grade 3. We’d like to thank her for her tireless work as a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing and the difference she’s made in the lives of her students. I could call on her at any time and she’d be there to offer advice, support and just about anything else Charlotte needed. She is a true mentor, champion and advocate for her students and we were so blessed to have her.

We would also like to acknowledge the teachers and staff at both Holy Trinity Elementary and Holy Trinity High. They provided such a positive learning environment during Charlotte’s school years. ~ We truly admire and respect all the hard work you do and support you provide, not just for Charlotte but for all the students. It can be a thankless job sometimes but your work and dedication is greatly appreciated! ~

Joe, the bus driver, picked her up on the first day of school and dropped her off on the last day!

Congratulations Charlotte Clare! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.

Photo credit: Phonse King of King’s Photography and More. Check out their site!

Until Next Time,



  1. What a fabulous journey! And so much more to come! My favourite picture is seeing her twirl in her fabulous red dress. Well done Charlotte and great parenting Andrea and John 💕

  2. Beautiful blog of Charlotte’s journey from birth to High School Graduation !! Time goes by much too fast . It was so nice to see pictures of all the different stages ! You did an awesome job again , Andrea ! Thank you for sharing all those beautiful memories .

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